Ulithian

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A language of Micronesia

Population

3,000 in Micronesia (1987 UBS). Population total all countries: 3,039.

Location

Ulithi, Ngulu, Sorol, Fais islands, eastern Caroline Islands. Also in United States.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in State of Yap (1982, Yap State Constitution, Article 14(5)).

Dialects

85% intelligibility of Woleaian [woe], 57% of Satawalese [stw], very low intelligibility of Puluwatese [puw] and Chuukese [chk]. Lexical similarity: 74%–80% with Woleaian [woe], 77% with Satawalese [stw], 74% with Carolinian [cal], 72% with Puluwatese [puw] and Mortlockese [mrl], 68% with Chuukese [chk].

Language Use

Vigorous.

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1995.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.